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Airport ’77 (1977)

airport77This is the second sequel to Airport (1970) and stars Jack Lemmon as pilot Don Gallagher.

This time, the co-pilot (Robert Foxworth) of a private 747 Jumbo Jet outfitted like a Holiday Inn turns out to be a terrorist planning to steal some valuable artwork on board. The paintings – and the plane – belong to Jimmy Stewart.

The skyjacking attempt fails but the plane crashes into an off-shore oil rig and sinks beneath the sea in the Bermuda Triangle and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Fortuitously, it sinks in only 30 feet of water!

George Kennedy appears in a small role, helping to get the US Navy rescue operation underway, and the second half of the film takes place underwater.

By this time, the Airport theme was thoroughly exhausted, although a further sequel – Airport ’79 – The Concorde – was made in 1979 (natch).

Darren McGavin, Gil Gerard and Olivia de Havilland co-star as passengers, along with Tom Sullivan who plays a blind pianist (seriously).

Don Gallagher
Jack Lemmon
Karen Wallace
Lee Grant
Eve Clayton
Brenda Vaccaro
Nicholas St Downs III
Joseph Cotten
Emily Livingston
Olivia de Havilland
Stan Buchek
Darren McGavin
Martin Wallace
Christopher Lee
Philip Stevens
James Stewart
Joe Patroni
George Kennedy
Chambers
Robert Foxworth
Eddie
Robert Hooks
Julie
Kathleen Quinlan
Frank Powers
Gil Gerard
Ralph Crawford
James Booth
Anne
Monica Lewis
Dorothy
Maidie Norman
Lisa
Pamela Bellwood
Mrs Jane Stern
Arlene Golonka
Steve
Tom Sullivan
Dr Williams
M Emmet Walsh
Wilson
Michael Pataki
Walker
Michael Richardson
Gerald Lucas
George Furth
Commander Paul Guay
Richard Venture
Johnson
Ross Bickell
Lt Tommy Norris
Peter Fox
Admiral Corrigan
Charles Macaulay
Hunter
Tom Rosqui
Commander Reed
Arthur Adams
Benjy
Anthony Battaglia
Bonnie Stern
Elizabeth Cheshire
Larry
Dar Robinson

Director
Jerry Jameson

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